Why You Should Master Public Speaking and Presentation Skills?


Why You Should Master Public Speaking and Presentation Skills ?

By Nickolove Lovemore

Public speaking and presentation skills are skills that we all need at some time in our lives. Many people have a deep fear of public speaking phobia and fear it more than even death.

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”
Jerry Seinfeld

While you can’t cheat death, anyone can learn to master public speaking and making presentations. Surely it would be better to master these skills than to quiver with mortal fear anytime you were asked to make a presentation? Wouldn’t it be great to see such requests as a great opportunity to sell yourself, your products and or services?

Now selling is one of the most loathed professions but everyone is in the business of selling whether you want to believe it or not. Nothing happens without a sale. Robert Louis Stevenson said “Everyone lives by selling something” and one of the world’s greatest orators said:

“Half my lifetime I have earned my living by selling words, and I hope thoughts.”
Sir Winston Churchill

Fundamentally, when you are engaged in making a presentation you are selling words but it is your ability to organise and deliver words in a coherent, congruent and compelling manner that counts. To be able to sell effectively you must have great communication skills.

Topher Morrison, master NLP Trainer and speaker said that a friend of his wanted to buy an expensive watch. They visited a local shop in Tampa, Florida but because the salesman lacked good presentation skills his friend left without making a purchase. When you are about to spend thousands of dollars you want to be served in a particular manner. In fact, his friend took a trip to the Bahamas just to purchase his expensive watch justifying the trip by saying the savings he made by buying the watch duty-free paid for the trip.

How much money are you losing every day because you lack  and presentation skills?

John Childers, described as the “millionaire maker” and who teaches one of the world’s most expensive public speaking training courses describes public speaking as “the world’s most profitable skill.” He has trained some of the biggest names in the public speaking arena – individuals such as Alex Mandossian, Armand Morin, Mark Victor Hansen, Mike Filsaime, Debra Johnson and the list goes on and on. They all know the value of using public speaking to grow their businesses. Irrespective of the different products and services they offer, they all use their public speaking skills to promote their products and services as well as those of others.

Through public speaking and making presentations you increase your visibility and the visibility of your company or organization. You cannot achieve success if no one knows about you. Public speaking is one of the best ways to gain visibility and build your business. Arvee Robinson who describes herself as a “Persuasive Speech Coach” says that every time she speaks she get new clients.

How much is a new client worth to you?

Don’t think that these skills are limited to standing on a stage in front of scores or even hundreds of people. Don’t think that a presentation has to be hours long. It can be mere minutes. Christine Comaford-Lynch, author of “Rules for Renegades” said that she once camped out in the reception area of a company for six hours to get the opportunity to meet with its CEO. She wanted him to join the board of directors of one of her companies. If she was successful in her mission it would’ve have added enormous value to the perceived financial value of her company. Millions of dollars were literally at stake. After waiting for hours for a chance to speak to this CEO she had minutes to persuade to get on board. Can you see how critical presentation skills would be in a situation like this?

When you introduce yourself you use these skills. Do you want to make an immediate impact? Do you want to be a person that people gravitate towards and want to get to know? Or do you want to be the person that no one remembers. An introduction can last mere seconds and yet leave a lasting impression. You want that impression to be a favorable one.

Some people are natural orators but even they have to practice. The best professional public speakers spend years honing their craft. Dave Lakhani, speaker and author of “Persuasion: The Art of Getting What You Want” says:

“Speaking is a business and a process and processes are built on the back of education.”

Through mastering public speaking and presentation skills you can build a career that will serve you a lifetime and can provide you with an income anywhere in the world. Even if you don’t want to become a professional speaker through mastering your public speaking and presentation skills you can vastly improve your business profit margins and enhance the quality of your life.

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Eight Tricks To Better Speaking


Good presentations do not happen and excellent presenters are not born. A good presentation is one that is carefully crafted and an excellent presenter is one that hones her skills and uses her tools appropriately.

Here are tricks you can incorporate to make your presentation a success.

  1. Create a clear message – Know what you want your audience to know and do when you are through speaking.
  2. Develop good visuals – Create visual aids that are interesting, clear, and to the point.
  3. Know your audience – Audiences often miss the message when visual aids (PowerPoint Presentation in particular) are poorly designed.

Research the group before you arrive. Take time to meet individuals before you speak. During the talk, pay attention to the energy of the audience.

  1. Allow for adequate time to prepare

Preparation is critical if you are to deliver a credible and moving presentation. Create an outline, good visuals, practice; and know how to use your equipment. The first time you deliver a talk should not be in front of a “live” audience.

  1. Make your audience comfortable

Audiences that are uncomfortable in their chairs, hungry, thirsty, in need of a break, or in a room with poor temperature control, will have a difficult time paying attention.

  1. Set up the room to meet your needs

Arrange the seats, tables, lectern and the screen so it works for you and your audience.

  1. Present yourself appropriately

The audience will judge you based on your dress, language you use, and your level of organization. Watch your use of “French”, jargon and technical terms.

  1. Evaluate your work

Check your success based on the goals you set in the first step. Revise your presentation ideas to improve your oral presentation skills.

In truth, these are not “tricks” at all; these are tips you can use if you want to present well. Yes, it takes time to create and deliver a oral presentation that is memorable, a good speaker works to engage and motivate their audience – but is worth the effort.

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Public Speaking Tips That Will Help You to be a Confident Speaker


Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be so confident and poised when they deliver their presentations? Well the answer is that they were not naturally born with the innate ability to give great presentations without being nervous. The truth is that they were probably as nervous and anxious as anyone else, but they learned a few tricks to overcome their anxiety. The magic if you will is simply knowing a few key things about you and your audience. The helpful information below will show you how to improve public speaking skills using the free public speaking tips.

free public speaking tipsFirst of all most people experience public speaking fear before they appear in front of a large group and then some of the body symptoms start to happen, sweaty palms , nervous stomach, heart racing, dry mouth. These things are not noticeable to the audience. The nervous presenter gets even more uptight when these symptoms arise because they think the audience can see these things happening to them but the truth is that the audience cannot see 90 percent of any nervousness that is going on with you. The second and third public speaking tips are: DO NOT memorize your presentation or recite your presentation word for word. People think that if they do these aforementioned things that they cannot possibly screw up their presentation but the opposite is true. What generally happens is that the speaker will lose their place and back track or forget then stammer and stutter which will ruin an ordinarily smooth presentation. Showing up early to make sure that your room is set properly and ensuring that you equipment is working will take a lot of pressure of you at the beginning of your speech or presentation. You will want to eliminate as much pressure as you can.

Reducing your public speaking anxiety

public speaking tipsMost people that present have a fear of the audience. They think that the audience may not like their presentation or they just get plain intimated standing up in front of people. The trick here is to scan the audience to find friendly and receptive faces and focus on those folks from time to time as reassurance that your presentation is being well received. I remember when I first started in the business I was working for a national seminar company and my assigned topic was Social Media Marketing and it was just as new to me as it was to the audience. I knew that there were some attendees that probably knew more than me so as I delivered the seminar I focused on the attendees that looked most attentive that way it gave me the confidence that my information was being well received and validated my confidence. Another public speaking tip that is discounted is  taking a couple of deep breathes.If at any time during your presentation you feel yourself tightening up simply take a couple of deep breathes, this will bring more oxygen to the brain and actually relax your body.

 Public speaking tips that show confidence

Have you ever been at a seminar, presentation or speech in which the speaker was so energetic and full of energy that you found yourself energized? Well the more excited about your topic you are the more your audience will be also. So do not be afraid to show your enthusiasm when giving your presentation. Presenters look the most confident and poised with their hands down at their sides. This is not to say that you cannot bring your hands up to gesture because I highly recommend it to be descriptive purposes and for animation. You should never have your hands in front of you this sends a signal to the audience that that you are creating a barrier between you and them. Last but not least preparing for your presentation should be done with another person for a couple of key reasons. Another person can act as great feedback for your presentation or speech and they also serve as a bit of an audience for you. If you employ these public speaking techniques when delivering your next presentation you should be a lot less nervous and a lot more confident.